Played around with some burger recipes last night and came up with some great ones!
One that stood out…Merguez beef burger with a smoky red pepper and harissa mayo topped with some fresh cilantro…insane combo!
Smoky red pepper and harissa mayo:
1 red pepper
1 1/2 tsp harissa paste (if you can’t find harissa a great substitute would be sriracha!)
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 cup low fat mayo (can also be regular)
1 half lemon
1 head of garlic
1 tbls olive oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Slice the top off the garlic head. Place the garlic head in a piece of tin foil and drizzle with the olive oil. Wrap up and place in the oven for 30-40 minutes until soft. Remove from the oven and let cool, squeeze all that sweet garlic out and set aside.
Place the whole red pepper on the direct stove top. Place on medium heat and char the pepper all over, should take around 7-10 minutes. Once blackened place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, let steam. After 10 minutes, remove from the bowl and peel the black skin off, also open up and remove the seeds, ribs and the juice.
In a blender, place the mayo, garlic paste, smoked paprika, harissa, red pepper, lemon juice and the salt and pepper. Blend until combined and check for seasoning. Place in the fridge until you use.
Merguez Beef Burgers:
Serves 4-6 people (depending on how big you like your burgers ;))
2 lb 85% lean ground beef
2 merguez link
salt and pepper:
Remove the meat from inside the casing of the sausage and place in a bowl. Add the beef in. Mix well and then shape into patties (don’t make them too thick) season well with salt and pepper on both sides. Get a grill hot and sear on 1 side for 4-5 minutes until juices start showing on the top and then turn over. keep on the grill for another 5 minutes until medium. Serve on a toasted bun with the mayo spread on both buns and a nice amount of cilantro on top of the burger.
You can also add some sliced red onion, quick pickled cucumbers, caramelized onions…etc. The possibilities are endless!! Enjoy!